5 Reasons to Teach English
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It is a matter of fact that
people fall in love with Spain, whether you are a history and culture enthusiast,
a beach lover or food and drink connoisseur, this country's wonderful diversity
fills and enlightens the senses. A place which offers everything from snow-topped
mountains to sun-filled Mediterranean coves, towns and cities influenced
by the greatest cultures and individuals in history, all surrounded by
an amazingly relaxed atmosphere which then transforms at night. All of
this should be more than enough to tempt people to teach English in Spain,
but for those who need convincing further, here are my top 5 reasons for
1. The People
Spaniards are genuinely friendly
and social people; a culture of cafes, bars and fiestas ensures this is
the case and gives great opportunities to get involved and meet the locals.
And on a whole the locals are welcoming to foreigners, especially with
those who make the effort to speak the language. By immersing yourself
in the Spanish way of life you are certain to meet new people and in no
time at all you will have a hectic social life outside of the classroom.
Spainís position as the 2nd
most visited country in the world is a result of numerous factors, one
of which has to be the climate. With blue skies for more than 250 days
of the year, it is a world away from the doom and gloom of the UK and fellow
Northern European nations. Spainís beauty glistens in the sunshine and
in my opinion it certainly has a causal effect on the whole positive and
passionate atmosphere which exists across the majority of the country,
Spain feels like a happy place to be.
Although Spain has so many international
visitors, on a whole, the nation has one of the least foreign language
speaking populations. And this means, as English proficiency becomes increasingly
important in many aspects of modern life, that there are a large number
of teaching opportunities, and the market will not find itself over-saturated
at any time soon.
Wanting to teach English abroad
obviously means that you are keen on travel and exploring the world and
Spain is a fantastic starting point. As mentioned previously there is such
a variety of scenery and each corner of the country provides something
new to discover. And whilst working in Spain you are also ideally located
to explore even further afield; for example neighbouring France and Portugal,
Northern Africa a short hop across the Med and thanks to an extensive transport
network the rest of Europe is easily accessible.
5. Unique Experience
Teaching abroad is like no other
job. Here you will learn as much as you teach. You are not experiencing
Spain from a hotel or bus tour, but as a member of the community embracing
all of which it has to offer. If you only have basic Spanish skills when
you leave, you certainly will not when/if you return home; in order to
communicate and survive these skills will develop at a rapid rate. You
will learn about traditional customs, discover cuisine you never knew existed
and become reinvigorated by this fascinating way of living.
Teaching in Spain is an
opportunity of a lifetime, and one that could change your life forever.
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